Construction employment increased in 191 of 339 metropolitan areas in the 12 months that ended in June, while 97 experienced a decline and 51 were unchanged, according to an analysis of job data by the Associated General Contractors of America. "Construction employment is heading in the right direction for now, but demand remains weak and the industry's recovery is still very fragile," Stephen Sandherr, the AGC's chief executive officer. The Boston and Phoenix areas were among those regions with an uptick in construction jobs, while Wichita, Kan., and Rockford, Ill., saw reductions.

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